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“Sonata for Harp and Bicycle”. By Joan Aiken. Setting:. Present Day and 50 years ago; over 2 days; Halloween London, England Grimes Building - haunted. Characterization:. Jason Ashgrove – copy writer; is cursed by the ghost of W. Heron (hair turns white) Curious

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Sonata for harp and bicycle

“Sonata for Harp and Bicycle”

By Joan Aiken


Setting

Setting:

  • Present Day and 50 years ago; over 2 days; Halloween

  • London, England

  • Grimes Building - haunted


Characterization

Characterization:

  • Jason Ashgrove – copy writer; is cursed by the ghost of W. Heron (hair turns white)

    • Curious

    • Devises a plan to reunite ghosts

    • Jumps off escape ending curse

    • Falls in love with Miss Golden

  • Bernice Golden – Jason’s secretary

    • Gives Jason clues about mystery

    • Helps Jason because she loves him

  • William Heron – ghost haunts building for 50 yrs.

    • AKA the wailing watchman on bike

    • Kills himself after feeling rejected by Daisy

  • Daisy Bell – music teacher

    • Ghost who haunts building

    • William’s love

    • “pines away” = broken heart


Conflicts

Conflicts:

  • Type - Man vs. AF (Jason vs. curse/ghost)

    • Develop - Jason is told he will die within five days. He must figure out a way to beat the curse.

    • Resolution – Jason reunites William and Daisy; beating the curse


Themes

Themes:

  • “Love makes one accomplish great things”

  • “Love survives time and death”

  • “Love conquers all”


Literary elements

Literary Elements

  • Point of view – 3rd person

  • Foreshadowing –

    • “the bell tinkled its tiny warning”

    • “No one is allowed to stay in the building after 5pm”

    • Fire escape, harp, bike

  • Situational Irony – The ghosts haunt the building for 50 years, but they never meet


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